Why Kettlebells & Bodyweight?

Top 10 Reasons for Minimalist Training

with Kettlebells & Bodyweight:

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1) Functional All-Body Strength.

Kettlebell and bodyweight training strengthens the body starting from the core and radiating out. This creates a body that not only looks athletic but is functionally strong and resilient from the inside out. No machines, benches, or fancy apparatus are required.

 

2) Prevention and management of shoulder injuries. 

How many people do you know who have a shoulder injury? Most people don’t know how to pack their shoulders and engage the latissimus dorsi. Learning this skill removes a great deal of stress from the joints and builds healthy shoulders, neck, and lower back. With a kettlebell and bodyweight training system, the focus is on the strength and mobility of the shoulders.

3) Explosive power.

Kettlebell swings, snatches, and cleans are all explosive movements that recruit fast-twitch Type II muscle fibres. They are crucial for functional strength and power, and especially, for retaining lean muscle mass and high metabolism as we age. In addition, Kettlebell Ballistics work every single muscle in your body, including the posterior chain – back, hips, hamstrings – muscles responsible for upright posture, physical ability and sports performance, and which atrophy rapidly if you sit for more than 3 hours per day.

 

4) Mobility.

Mobility training includes packing the shoulders as you move your body, bridges for spinal flexion and strength, thoracic mobility movements as well as other drills designed for your hips, neck, wrists, ankles, feet, toes, hands and fingers. Mobile and stable joints enable you to perform better and reduce the incidence of injury.

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5) Body control. 

The balance, strength and spatial awareness created by bodyweight training is second to none. It is the ultimate minimalist fitness skill. Additionally, bodyweight training helps you find, achieve and maintain your healthy weight without ever stepping on a scale.

6) Flexibility.

A long and strong (as opposed to short and weak) muscle has a greater range of motion, resilience to injury, and power output. The full range of motion used in Kettlebell, and bodyweight training enable you to work the whole muscle along its entire length, especially in respect to improving joint mobility and activating the posterior chain (butt, back and hamstrings).

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7) Muscular and cardiovascular endurance.

Many kettlebell workouts require 10, 20, 50, or even 100 repetitions. This develops an incredible amount of muscular endurance and engages all three of our energy systems: ATP-CP, anaerobic, and aerobic. This makes you metabolically fit aka able to better sprint, hike in the mountains and run a marathon.

8) Increased strength within an athletic weight class.

Due to the kettlebell’s shape, the body must respond by recruiting more motor units, activate stabilizer muscles and deeper postural and core muscles when using the kettlebell. Kettlebell training “teaches” the body how to be strong, powerful and fast without adding unnecessary bulk.

Kettlebell training results include a harder, more flexible, explosive and lean body.

9) Efficiency.

Few people have a spare two or three hours a day to spend at the gym in the quest for ultimate fitness. When kettlebells and bodyweight are utilized, 30 minutes is more than sufficient to accomplish the five essential modes of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and body composition (lean body mass).

All of the facets of fitness, plus mobility, can be trained within a relatively short timeframe.

10) Safe training for kids and elderly

Kettlebells are safe for young and elderly practitioners. Because of the offset centre of gravity, a much lighter kettlebell can help you safely achieve the same strength and conditioning results as training with a much heavier weight, except without the risk of injury.


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